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Finding the perfect place to establish new roots is a decision with implications that will long outlast a lease. Once you pick a spot on the map to plant your flag, jobs, friends, familiarity and the like may keep you there long after you’ve graduated from your first studio apartment.

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Perhaps because its winters are notoriously tough, there is no shortage of things to do in Chicago in the summer. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the city and the weather, taking to beaches and street festivals, touring iconic architecture or finding a perch to people watch.

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If influential architecture, the purposeful integration of green space and urban heft, world-class dining and culture, and every sport a participant or fan could want appeal to you, then yes. Add a dash of Midwestern warmth unknown to coastal metropolises, and you’ll find Chicago is truly unique among America’s largest cities.

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Whether you own a commercial building, a vacation rental home or a diverse portfolio of properties, having the right property management company can take a lot of worry off your shoulders. With a capable, experienced partner taking care of the day-to-day tasks involved in being a landlord, you can focus your attention on other things and avoid feeling burned out by all your responsibilities. From changing light bulbs to maintaining the landscaping to collecting the rent, these professionals can take care of the various tasks — big and small — that your tenants depend on you to provide.

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Finding an apartment in Chicago doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Sure, the market’s competitive, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a great unit out there, waiting to become your new home. The key is strategy — knowing when to look for apartments in Chicago and using a systematic plan to find one. To guide you in your quest for the perfect next place, here are our top tips for finding an apartment in Chicago:

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It’s no secret that living in cities is more expensive than living in the country or suburbs. Housing costs are greater. Taxes are higher, as are insurance rates, food prices, schools and daycare. You rarely pay for parking outside of urban environments. City entertainment options bring with them the temptation to, well, buy tickets.

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Diverse and full of opportunity, Chicago is a natural draw for creatives and corporate types alike. Many young professionals heed the siren call of companies across the breadth of industry that are headquartered in the city, such as Boeing, Exelon, Dyson, Conagra Brands, insurance giant One Republic International and McDonald’s. So, too, are health care professionals, academics and artists of all types drawn to ply their trades in a town exploding with the synergistic energy of so many reaching their time and their turn.

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Apartment hunting in Chicago can be a contact sport. Prospective renters have to be ready to move quickly for prime spaces — especially in the May-through-August peak season, when roughly as many leases are signed as in the other eight months of the year.

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